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Monday, November 30, 2020

S2 Schedule Change Requests

It’s crazy to think we are almost near the end of 1st semester. With that, sometimes students want to make a change to their schedules.  Schedules will only be changed for very few, required reasons (example: you already took a class, you didn’t take the prerequisite class, you are missing an hour - not to be with friends or switch lunch hours).  Also, just because you request a change does not mean it can be done.  Remember there are many factors that play into whether a change can be made (is the class full? Does it conflict with another class in your schedule?) 

Please click here to access the change form (you must be logged into your school email in order to access the form). This is timestamped and will be processed in the order of when I receive the request  

If you would like to see a list of all of the classes for each semester and what is offered each hour, please click here.  

If you have questions and would like to schedule a time to do a video meeting with me, click here.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, I won't be printing schedules or a copy of the courses and times they are offered. 

Schedule changes can be requested up to 5 days after the start of the first day of 2nd semester.  

Thank you!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

FAFSA Completion Event

On Tuesday, November 10th at 5:30 p.m., we (Albany, Sauk Centre, Eden Valley-Watkins and Melrose Schools) have collaborated to bring parents and senior students an opportunity to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with the help of a financial aid representative from Dakota Technical College in Rosemount, MN (you can be planning to attend any college to attend this event).  This event will be done via Zoom.  A link to the Zoom session will be sent to those that RSVP in the form (link) below.

This is a great way to get some help and to get that FAFSA completed.

Free Application Week!

Seniors and senior parents: it is free application week!  Please check your emails for more information on this.  I am providing sessions to help seniors apply to college (step by step) - we will complete the application and send your required transcript and then you just need to wait to find out your admission status.  Don't delay, take advantage of applying to college FOR FREE!  Contact me with any questions.

Below are the colleges that you can apply to for free this week (click on them to go directly to their website to start the application should you want to do this on your own): 

Alexandria Technical & Community College

Anoka Hennepin Technical College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Cambridge

Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids

Bemidji State University

Central Lakes College

Century Comm & Tech College

Dakota County Technical College

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

Hennepin Technical College-Brooklyn Park

Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie

Hibbing Community College

Inver Hills Community College

Itasca Community College

Lake Superior College

Mesabi Range Comm & Tech College

Metropolitan State University

Minneapolis Comm & Tech College

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota West Comm & Tech College

MN State Community & Technical College

MN State University - Moorhead 

Normandale Community College

North Hennepin Community College

Northland Community & Technical College

Northwest Technical College

Pine Technical College

Rainy River Community College

Ridgewater College

Riverland Community College

Rochester Community & Technical College

South Central College-Faribault & Mankato Campus

Southwest MN State University

St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud Technical & Community College

St. Paul Technical College

Vermilion Community College

Winona State University

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

October is College Knowledge Month!

During the month of October, in an effort to encourage potential to apply to college, many colleges are waiving the application fee.  Here is a link of the MN schools that will not require a fee.  Some are free all month and some are just during the last week of October.  Be sure to reach out to me if you want any help with your application!  Stay tuned as there will be a couple different sessions I will hold to help students during the last week of October to apply to college.

Monday, September 21, 2020

College Visit Opportunities

I am excited to share with you information about some unique opportunities for students this fall, including learning about higher education options over the MEA Break! The colleges and universities of Minnesota State are coming together for special information sessions so students can learn more about academic options, financial aid, transferring from a two-year college to a four-year university, and more. Many of these sessions will be VIRTUAL to make it easy and safe! And to top it off, students can even apply for FREE anytime during the last week of October.

Learn more about Minnesota State Week and the FREE application week below or on our website.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!  I am so excited to be able to see the students in a very short amount of time!  In the meantime, if you are wanting to request a schedule change, please click here (you must be logged into your school email in order to access the form). 

If you would like to see a list of all of the classes for each semester and what is offered each hour, please click here.  

Due to the ongoing pandemic, I won't be printing schedules or a copy of the courses and times they are offered.  Also, when appropriate, I will be meeting with students via Google Meet or out in the hallways as it is not possible to social distance in my office. Also, because we are going to be in a hybrid mode of learning, schedule changes are more difficult and only those that are ESSENTIAL will be made.

Schedule changes can be requested up to 5 days from the first day of school.  

Thank you for your understanding and see you soon!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mental Health Resources

Good morning Melrose HS students and parents!  I hope day one of distance learning was productive and not too stressful for you.  Ms. Nietfeld and I are always here to support you and assist you during this unpredictable time whether it is to talk via Google Meet or Zoom, help you organize your assignments or just needing to vent!  In the meantime, as time permits take a look at these resources. 

Click here about how to reach Ms. Dusha

Click here for a Coronavirus story

Click here for a list of helpful apps

Click here for a letter to parents about mental health services

Click here for parent resources on how to talk to your child about Covid-19

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Scholarship Deadline Extended

Scholarships: due date changed to April 3. Please do one of the following:
email them to Audrey: 
fax to 320-256-4639 Attn: Audrey Hiltner
Mail them (before April 3) to:
Melrose HS
Attn: Audrey Hiltner
546 5th Ave NE
Melrose, MN 56352

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Melrose Utilities Scholarships

All scholarships listed in the message below are located on the right side of this webpage (remember you need to view as desktop version if you are on a mobile device).  Any questions, see Ms. Dusha!
Parents of high school seniors…
MRES Scholarship
Is your child planning to attend a college or technical college and interested in a line of study related to the electric industry? Missouri River Energy Services and Melrose Public Utility  are offering two types of scholarship opportunities:

1. $1,000 scholarships for 2-year or 4-year undergraduate studies in mathematics, science, electrical engineering or other engineering programs, electrical technician, etc. 
2. $1,000 scholarships for 1-year studies to become a Power Lineworker at an eligible technical college in the upper Midwest region.
Scholarship applications for students graduating in 2020 are available from your
high school guidance counselor or available at 
www.mrenergy.comCheck out
this opportunity now! Applications must be postmarked no later than March 15.

Minnesota Municipal Utility Association (MMUA)  Scholarships
MMUA will be giving away four scholarships:  $2,000 (1st place); $1,500 (2nd place); $1,000 (3rd place); $500 (4th place).  This is open to any eligible Senior who lives in MMUA territory.   Deadline is April 3, 2020 at Noon.  Applications can be dropped off at the High School Counseling Office or at the City Center office, or emailed to

Melrose Public Utilities Scholarship
Melrose Public Utilities is giving away a $1,000 Scholarship to an eligible Senior who lives in the Melrose Public Utility Service Area. 
Deadline to apply is Friday, April 3, 2020.  Applications can be dropped off at the High School Counseling Office or emailed to

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Plan Ahead for Changing your S2 Schedule

Wow!  We are almost done with half of the school year!  As we start thinking about 2nd semester, if you are wanting to make any changes to your schedule, please try to do this before the start of the semester.  The deadline to change your schedule, however, is Friday, January 31 (the end of the 1st week of the new semester).  

If you need to make a change to your schedule you can find the schedule change form by clicking here.

If you need to see what classes are offered and their hours, please click here

I want to let you know that due to personal reasons, I will be out of the office January 13-17 which is why it is important that you plan ahead.  Any schedule changes that are turned in during that week will be processed upon my return on Monday, January 20 (which is the last week of 1st semester).  Any emails sent during the week I am gone will also not be answered until I return on January 20.  Thank you for your patience and assistance in preparing ahead of time as to not cause any stress for yourself as you wait for your schedule to be adjusted.

As a reminder, I will not process your requests without all proper signatures from parents and teachers.  Once your form is completely filled out, you may turn it into the orange box outside of my door.  If you need assistance or do not understand how to fill out the form, please make an appointment to see me.  You can send me an email at 
and I will email you back with a time.

Good luck with the end of 1st semester!